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Document ID (ISN)78105
CIS number 02-457
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Abbas M.F., Faris R.H., Harber P.I., Mishriky A.M., El-Shahaly H.A., Waheeb Y.H., Kraus J.F.
Title Worksite and personal factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in an Egyptian electronics assembly factory
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2001, Vol.7, No.1, p.31-36. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract The study objective was to identify personal and work related risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in electronics assembly operators relative to clerical workers in the same factory. Of 422 workers in a television assembly factory located in Ismailia, Egypt, 198 (46.9%) participated. The electronics assembly workers were more likely to report CTS (odds ratio = 11.41) than were the clerical workers. The significant risk factors were longer work years (odds ratio = 1.11) and precision-type hand grip (odds ratio = 6.5). The results suggest an association between electronics assembly and CTS. Work years and precision grip are possible risk factors for CTS and should be studied more thoroughly. Tools to reduce the need for precision grip may help reduce CTS.
Descriptors (primary) carpal-tunnel syndrome; risk factors; electronics industry; joining and fastening
Descriptors (secondary) Egypt; electromyography; nervous conduction; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceEgypt; USA
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Electronics industry
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment